Highlands Ranch, CO (population: 129,817) has twelve nursing assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Emily Griffith Opportunity School, the highest ranked school in this group with a nursing assistant program, has a total student population of 2,230. It is the 2063rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Nursing Assistant students from Highlands Ranch schools who go on to become nursing assistants, medical assistants, medical office assistants, physician assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,438,010 people working as nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $24,980. Also, Physical therapist aides make on average $24,990 per year and there are about 44,160 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 250 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $29,400. Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants in this area earn $29,020/yr and there are 9,850 employed.
Highlands Ranch lies in Douglas county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Denver-Aurora area has 1,218,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,560 average annual salary. Thus, about 8 out of every 1000 jobs in Highlands Ranch are held by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Emily Griffith Opportunity School comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for nursing assistant students, with Community College of Denver as the lowest, reported at only $9,358/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Highlands Ranch|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||4.1 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||4.8 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||13.4 miles|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||22.8 miles|
|Colorado Springs||CO||388,306||17||23.417||343||49.0 miles|
|Fort Collins||CO||141,921||5||27.6422||154||70.1 miles|